That’s because Suffolk is known for its entrepreneurial spirit—it cuts across every program and discipline. From launching new products and developing innovation strategies, to providing intellectual property advice for small businesses, Suffolk students are leading the way.
In fact, entrepreneurship is one of the fast-growing majors at Suffolk. The curriculum is unique because it’s split into two paths—corporate entrepreneurship, which gives you hands-on experience working with small firms, and launching new ventures, where students create a new business before graduation.
To help you bring your ideas to life, Suffolk’s Center for Entrepreneurship also provides many vital resources, including training workshops, mentor sessions, competitions, support for new ventures, and much more.
This November, the Center is hosting several events and competitions in celebration of national entrepreneurship month (E-month).
Students vs. Faculty Trivia
Entrepreneurship-Trivia on November 4 is a chance to go head-to-head against your faculty. You’ll answer questions about anything from famous innovators and booming startups to the latest music and movies. And you’ll also meet successful alumni who were in your shoes not too long ago. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Kinsale (2 Center Plaza), and the first 50 people get a free 3-course meal!
Pitch Your Idea
Can you sell an idea in 60 seconds?
That’s all the time you get for the Pitch Competition on November 13. To win, your pitch must be a compelling and concise overview of your new product or service. The competition starts at 6 p.m. on the 9th floor of 73 Tremont.
For BSBA alum Angela Cakridas, winning the pitch competition was the first step in launching her makeup brush line. And today, it’s being sold on QVC-TV.
Network with Local Entrepreneurs
What’s it really like to start your own business? Come to the CampusTap Global Entrepreneurship Kickoff on November 17, and hear from local entrepreneurs who have launched their own ventures. The free event, sponsored by MassChallenge, General Assembly, and the Center for Entrepreneurship, is a chance to network and gain valuable insights into starting a business. The event runs 6-9 p.m. Register or email Javier Madrigal with questions.
Fashion Show Fundraiser
On Nov. 21, BSBA student Ralitza Dountcheva is hosting a fashion show to raise awareness about human trafficking. The show will be held at W Boston and will feature clothing from local designers. Proceeds will go to Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. Register online.
Start Up Saturday
Our alumni have launched hundreds of successful ventures, including CardStar, StyleHaul, and SnagaStool. On November 22, you can connect with them to brainstorm business ideas and get advice on how to move forward with your venture. Meet up from 12-4pm in the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Pitch Your Ideas at the Trade Show
On November 24, pitch your business ideas and enter to win seed funding. Hosted by the Suffolk Ventures alumni group, the Entrepreneurship Trade Show will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Sawyer Café (73 Tremont St.). All Suffolk students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend and vote for their favorite ideas.
Last year, winners Abdulla Alnajar, Nicholas Chammas, Bilal El Yaman, and Karan Gopwani came up with a hands-free umbrella called Intrella (short for Intelligent Umbrella). The umbrella attaches to your backpack, is blue tooth enabled, and has a built-in thermostat.
Is Your Big Idea Worth $100K?
Does your idea have what it takes to be the next big thing?
Enter the Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas and find out. You’ll be competing for $100,000 in awards and in-kind services. Winners will also be fast-tracked into the semi-final round of the MassChallenge Competition.
All entries must be submitted by December 31, 2014.